Monday, September 22, 2014

Paint Nite & Downtown Lunch at The Merchant


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I'm fortunate to work in a neighborhood with plenty of lunch options! The other day, we had a work lunch at The Merchant - the type of venue that has suits bustling in and out during lunch hours. It's great for casual office meetings, with it's hardwood floors, polished tables, and tall, open patio windows. 

I ordered the classic Fish and Chips, with beer-battered cod, shoestring fries and tartar sauce. Usually I get part-way through fish & chips, and get tired of all the fried-ness. This dish was so delicious, though, I polished the plate! The fish was fried to absolute perfection - not too thick & greasy, yet not falling apart either. It was a light, flaky portion.

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Croque Madame, with smoked ham, gruyere, bechemel, and of course a giant fried egg!

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After work, I met up with some friends for a fun-filled Paint Nite at the Hard Rock Cafe! Our goal was to paint the Boston Skyline at sunset.

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Blending the sky.

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Almost done!

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My finished product! I'm so proud!

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Paint Nite was way too fun - we got a Groupon for it, which made it so affordable and worth it!

Comment Challenge: What's your favorite after-work activity?

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  1. Lovely painting, food looks delicious,
    have a great week :)

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  2. Great post, dear!

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  3. That food looks so tasty!! It has actually made me want to eat now haha

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    1. Hahah thanks Catherine - it was delish :)

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  4. How cool a meal and painting love it.
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  5. Oh wow your painting looks so amazing! Well done!

    Love,
    Iram @ Lovestruck for Louboutins

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    1. Aw thanks so much Iram. I'm pretty proud of it :)

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  6. That food looks delicious! I love croque madams! My favorite brunch place where I live has them, and they even have a croque monsieur which is a more lunchy version. The croque monsieur is my very favorite thing to order and I've had it the last three Saturday's in a row! Paint Nite sounds like a blast! There are some similar places in Albuquerque that I've been meaning to try. Your painting turned out lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much Lauren! I'd love to try a croque monsieur too :)

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  7. Yummy meal and amazing painting! I love it
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  8. the food looks so yummy and I have always wanted to do a paint nite!! just followed you on bloglovin'

    xo, carli
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    1. Thanks Carli! You should definitely do a paint nite, it was a blast :)

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  9. The food looks so good! Love the painting!
    Mel

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  10. Delicious!!! Such fun! Would you like to follow each other on GFC?! Let me know and follow me on my blog, I will follow you right back on both GFC and Bloglovin!
    xx
    Annie
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  11. that looks yummy! my favorite after work activity? sleeping :))

    followed you on gfc dear.. i hope you can follow me back :)

    xx Janelle
    Styles & Prints

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    1. Thanks Janelle! Sleeping is a great one :)

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  12. The food looks really delicious :) Lovely post..Keep In touch sweetie..hugs
    rampdiary / My art Blog / Beauty and fashion Blog

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  13. Great Post! Follow each other on GFC, Google+ and Bloglovin? If yes, follow me and i follow back as soon as i see it. Let me know with a comment on my Blog

    Keep in Touch xx Rabea from germany
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  14. That first pic made me hungry lol
    anyway, great post! thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Oooh the food looks so yummy and the painting is cute too!! Looks like fun :)

    Layla xx

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  16. I have always wanted to try paint night, your pieces look fab and the Croque Madame looks amazing! xo

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    1. Thanks Georgina! It was so fun & Boston has a lot of these events!

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  17. I find myself starving after I read your posts. Haha. Egg on top of anything seems to make it better. :-)

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    1. Hahah thanks Kimmy! I totally agree on the egg :)

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  18. Love the painting! I'm so glad I came across your blog :) I was wondering ether you maybe wanted us to follow each other via GFC? :) if yes please tell me on my blog,
    xx
    Mia


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  19. I shouldn't read your post when I am hungry, lol. Looks like you had a fantastic time. The painting is great! Good job.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  20. That croque Madam looks amazing. Like, super amazing. And you did a pretty awesome job with the painting. Always wanted to try one of those classes.

    Sxx
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    1. Hahah thanks! You should definitely try one, they're so fun!

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  21. Lovely Clicks and great post, Hi I am new to your Blog and Just loved it, I had also started following it. A G+ for ur post and Have a Nice Day... :)

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  22. amazing!!
    Emma xx
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  23. The food looks divine!! Lovely pictures!

    Cari
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  24. I really love your painting, and the food looks delicious! :D
    You asked me to lets follow each other so I Followed you on bloglovin and twitter. don't forget to return the favor xx
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  25. Oh the classic british fish and chips! I made that for the other halfs dinner tonight haha.
    And art night at Hard Rock?! That sounds so awesome. Your piece looks fab! :D

    Best wishes, Danielle xo

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  26. Mmm those fish n chips looks delish, although I'm sure the fries could never compare to classic British chips! Sounds like a great night!

    Alexandra ♡
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  27. My friends and I want to do a similar painting class this month, it looks like so much fun!
    -Alex
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  28. Paint night looks so fun, and you obviously have a stunning setting to paint! Not a lot really goes on after work where I live... apart from the pub!
    Rosie x

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  29. Those fries... YUM! Your painting turned out great! I used to paint all the time when I was in high school... not sure why I stopped. I should really get back into it! My favorite after school activity was always jumping on the couch and watching TV hahah

    Jessica
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  30. I am too bad at painting but tried my hand when I was in high school but yours is amazing!! And those fries..so delis, made me feel hungry! :D

    Kisses
    Ritcha
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  31. omg I want that food! you take great photos and that painting is amazing!

    Arianne

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  32. Why do you always post yummy food pictures ?? I'm hungry nowwww :'D
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  33. That food looks amazing! I love to paint, looks like a fab day out x

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